Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Is your glass half-full or half-empty? Do you tend to look on the bright side? Is the grass always greener on the other side?
Well, if you're an optimist, you have some good news coming your way! A new study has found that optimists are twice as likely to have perfect heart health as pessimists.
A study done at University of Illinois researched more than 5,100 adults during 11 years. They examined blood pressure, body mass index, dietary intake, and physical activity.
The University of Illinois researchers found a direct correlation between a happier optimistic person and improved cardiovascular health. Blood sugar and total cholesterol levels were even better with the optimists. Optimists may also have a stronger immune system and a smaller chance of depression. The Atlantic reported that "half-full" people are able to decrease the effects of stressful experiences.
This research is the first to link optimism and health but we don't think it'll be the last! New studies could show even more benefits to being a "silver linings" kind of person.
The takeaway here? A healthy mind really can mean a healthy heart.